Brandon J Kinne

Brandon Kinne Portrait

Position Title
Associate Professor

673 Kerr Hall
1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616
Office Hours
Wednesday, 9-11


  • PhD, Political Science, Yale University, 2009
  • MPhil, Political Science, Yale University, 2006
  • MA, Political Science, Yale University, 2004
  • BA, Political Science and Philosophy, Point Loma Nazarene University, 2001


Brandon Kinne is an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Davis. His research explores international networks in the areas of militarized conflict, intergovernmental organization, and bilateral cooperation. He also conducts research in international security more broadly, primarily on issues of credible signaling and audience costs, and on the international relations of nondemocratic regimes. His published work has appeared in International Organization, British Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, The Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, and elsewhere.

Research Focus

International relations; network analysis; conflict and security; defense cooperation.

Selected Publications

  • Kinne, B. J., and Bunte, J. (2020) Guns or Money? Defense Cooperation and Bilateral Lending as Coevolving Networks, in British Journal of Political Science 50(3): 1067-1088.
  • Rodriguez, M., and Kinne, B. J. (2019) Blue Helmets, Red Flags: Institutional, Societal, and Military Determinants of Peacekeeping Abuses, in International Studies Quarterly 63(3): 626-640.
  • Kinne, B. J. (2018) Defense Cooperation Agreements and the Emergence of a Global Security Network, in International Organization 72(4): 799-837.
  • Kinne, B. J. (2016) Agreeing to arm: Bilateral weapons agreements and the global arms trade, in Journal of Peace Research 53(3): 359-377.
  • Kinne, B. J. (2014) Dependent diplomacy: Signaling, strategy, and prestige in the diplomatic network, in International Studies Quarterly 58(2): 247-259.
  • Kinne, B. J. (2013) Network dynamics and the evolution of international cooperation, in American Political Science Review 107(4): 766-785.


POL 003 – International Relations (undergraduate)

POL 121 - Scientific Study of War (undergraduate)

POL 122 – International Law (undergraduate)

POL 132 – National Security Policy (undergraduate)

POL 223 – International Relations (graduate)

POL 224 - International Security (graduate)

POL 225 – International System (graduate)

POL 290c - Global Security (graduate)

Selected Grants & Awards

  • 2019–2022 Minerva Research Initiative, Office of Naval Research. $1,373,073 USD.
  • 2018–2020 Gerda Henkel Foundation. $34,646 USD.
  • 2015–2018 Minerva Research Initiative, Office of Naval Research. $1,805,259 USD.
  • 2013, 2016 Journal of Peace Research Best Visualization Award